Grants Available To Help Protect The Region’s Coast

Members of the Friends of Bluff Point and other volunteers work together to rehabilitate vegetation bordering the Chapman River Estuary
Members of the Friends of Bluff Point and other volunteers work together to rehabilitate vegetation bordering the Chapman River Estuary

Grants of up to $10,000 are now available to help local organisations improve the management of the Northern Agricultural Region’s (NAR) unique coastal environment, through Round Six of the NACC Coastal Grants program.

Community groups, local governments and other eligible groups such as educational institutions and not-for-profit organisations involved in the management of coastal and marine resources in the NAR can apply. Applications close on Friday 17th October, 2014.

According to NACC’s Coastal and Marine Program Coordinator Dr Mic Payne, the grants will help fund coastal management and monitoring activities and enhance community skills and knowledge in rehabilitation, restoration and conservation of the coastline.

“Our coast is a highly valuable and unique environment that faces pressures such as increasing recreational use, urban development, warming ocean temperatures and sea level rise. These grants will provide resources to local organisations who are working to improve the management of our coast” Dr Payne said.

Members of the Friends of Bluff Point and other volunteers work together to rehabilitate vegetation bordering the Chapman River Estuary.

Last year saw Coastal Grants distributed across a variety of projects, such as the installation of interpretive signage in Guilderton, workshops on coastal hazards and risks, and rehabilitation of coastal vegetation at Bluff Point, Geraldton.

The objectives of the funding link to key Australian Government Natural Resource Management (NRM) targets including:

  • Contributing to the implementation of recognised existing local and regional coastal plans and strategies
  • Increasing community engagement, knowledge and skills in coastal site assessment and planning, rehabilitation, restoration and conservation projects
  • Assisting in the protection and maintenance of environmental values and natural assets along the coast.

“These grants are designed to be flexible to meet the needs of the community and we look forward to a range of quality projects that continue to improve the management of our coast, and complement the good work being achieved through similar grant programs such as Coastwest.”

The coastal grants program is part of the Coastal and Marine Program that NACC is delivering for the Australian Government.

For more information about NACC Coastal Grants Program go to http://nacc.com.au/small-coastal-grants, or get an electronic copy of the guidelines and application forms from Mic Payne, Coastal Program Coordinator on 9938 0123 or email michael.payne@nacc.com.au

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